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Wells, Fullmer lead Blue Jays past Indians

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Blue Jays 8, Indians 1

TORONTO — David Wells pitched a five-hitter to become the first 16-game winner in the major leagues this season, and Brad Fullmer homered twice Wednesday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 8-1.

Wells (16-3), winless in his previous two starts since defeating Montreal on July 8, pitched his league-leading fifth complete game of the season, improving to 13-3 against Cleveland in his career. He struck out 11, matching his season high, and walked one.

Bartolo Colon (9-8) tied Bob Feller's Indians record by striking out his first six batters. Colon struggled after that, giving up a career-high four homers and allowing seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.

ROYALS 7, WHITE SOX 6: At Chicago, Dave McCarty hit a game-tying single off Keith Foulke in the ninth inning and Johnny Damon followed with a go-ahead double for Kansas City.

With Chicago leading 5-4 and two outs in the ninth, Todd Dunwoody hit an infield single and Gregg Zaun walked, chasing Bob Howry (1-2).

McCarty greeted Foulke with a single, Damon doubled and Rey Sanchez singled in another run for a 7-5 lead. It was Foulke's third blown save in 21 chances.

Pinch-hitter Jose Valentin homered off Jerry Spradlin (4-2) with one out in the bottom half.

ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 1: At Seattle, Tim Hudson bounced back from the worst start of his career to allow one run in 7 1/3 innings and lead Oakland over Seattle. Hudson (11-3), who allowed nine runs and 12 hits in a 12-3 loss to Anaheim last Friday, gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the first inning, then settled down.

He wound up allowing seven hits, striking out five and walking four. Hudson has won 10 of his last 11 decisions, improving his career record to 22-5.

Ramon Hernandez had a two-run homer and a run-scoring grounder off Paul Abbott (6-4) as Oakland closed within three games of first-place Seattle in the AL West.

RANGERS 6, ANGELS 5: At Arlington, Texas, Rusty Greer's two-out RBI single in the ninth, his fourth hit of the game, lifted Texas.

The Rangers rallied to win after John Wetteland (4-3) blew his seventh save in 33 chances by allowing an RBI single to Scott Spiezio in the ninth.

Pinch-hitter Frank Catalanotto hit a one-out triple in the bottom half off Al Levine (2-3). One out later, Greer singled down the left-field line to score the winning run.

YANKEES 4, ORIOLES 1: At Baltimore, Dwight Gooden (5-3) won his third straight start since returning to New York, and Paul O'Neill and David Justice each drove in two runs as the Yankees capped a three-game sweep of Baltimore.

Bernie Williams tripled and walked twice for the Yankees, who have won four straight and nine of 12. New York outscored Baltimore 27-5 in the series and improved to 7-2 against the Orioles this year.

Baltimore went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and 3-for-32 in the series.

DEVIL RAYS 6, TIGERS 2: At Detroit, Esteban Yan pitched six solid innings, retiring the last 16 batters he faced, and Steve Cox hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Jeff Weaver (6-9) for Tampa Bay.

Fred McGriff hit a two-run single in a three-run seventh that broke the game open for the Devil Rays.